Ghartey lays 50-page bribery report but Parliament to debate it tomorrow

Parliament on Wednesday received the report of a five-member committee that investigated a bribery allegations against some members of parliament’s Appointment Committee. The chairman of the ad hoc committee, Joe Ghartey laid the report before parliament for a motion to be moved in order for the house to accept it with the recommendations or reject the report. Per the procedure of parliament, copies of the report would have to be made and distributed to members before the chairman of the committee would move for a debate on the report. Even though parliament has 48 hours for motions lay before it to be debated, that could be waived. But Parliament adjourned the debate on the report to tomorrow. This is to afford MPs an opportunity to interrogate the 50-page document properly, 3FM’s parliamentary correspondent Mercydalyne Lokko reports. The committee was set up on January 31, 2017 after the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga accused the then minister-designate for Energy Boakye Agyarko, of attempting to bribe some members of the Appointments Committee to approve his nomination. The accusation was denied by all those whose names were mentioned. However, two other members stocked the fire insisting that the allegation was true, which compelled the leadership of the house to empanel the five-member committee to investigate it. The terms of reference of the ad hoc committee were: (a) To establish if First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei Owusu took money from Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko and gave it to Minority Chief Whip Alhaji Mubarak Mohammed Muntaka. (b) To do an internal inquiry to find out whether there were attempts to bribe members of Appointments Committee (d) To look into the remit of complaints and assertions made by First Deputy Speaker about the matter. ___________________________________________________________________________

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